In Saratoga Springs, stocking the Geyser Stream at the State Park with fish is a big deal. We first went when MiniM.E. was three. She remembers it being the best time of her life, but I more remember the cold, mucky weather and waiting in line forever. I did post about how we would definitely have to go back the next year.
But... we skipped last year because MiniM.E. was in school. Now that we're home, it seemed like a good "field trip". I should have looked back at my post and remembered to get there at 10, not 10:30, but as it turns out, being towards the end of the line worked in our favor. Our spot in line was right in the middle of the playground so the girls could play while I kept an eye on them from our spot. Another huge bonus, this year there was a "one fish per family" sign. I knew that wasn't going to fly with my girls. They were both excited for their own fish. But they must have realized there were plenty of fish to go around by the time we got to the fish trucks because they happily took both our buckets and each girl got her own fish.
MiniM.E. knew what to expect and was thrilled with her jumping fish that actually jumped out of the bucket once. LittleL.G. was excited to have a fish but was also terrified of it. And the bucket was a bit too heavy for her to carry. With help, they both successfully dumped their fish into the stream.
This year it was cool and damp, but not quite as miserable as the last fish stocking, so we stayed a while to make some fish crafts and practice fly fishing.
It was actually a very enjoyable morning. I will definitely add fish stocking to our calendar next year.